|Deon Coetzee ZR1DE with prototype space frame – Image Credit SA AMSAT|
SA AMSAT has decided to accelerate their CubeSat project, named KLETSkous and expect to have the first prototype version of the 435/145 MHz linear transponder and control system on the table for testing by end February.
“One of the reasons to speed up development is the quest to have the transponder included as an experimental payload on the ARMC project.” Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, said. Jacques Roux, ZR1ADC, is working on the transponder while Brian McKenzie, ZS1BMN, is responsible for the control systems.
As part of South Africa’s contribution to the African Resource and Environmental Management Constellation (ARMC) of satellites, SANSA, in collaboration with local industry and academic experts, have been in discussions on the specifications for the new satellite (ZA-ARMC1) and its associated benefits for South Africa and the continent. SA AMSAT is making representation to SANSA to have an amateur payload included in the project.
Deon Coetzee, ZR1DE, last year demonstrated a locally designed space frame. He is currently working on the second prototype.
SA AMSAT is in serious need of funding and appeals to radio amateurs to make a financial contribution. Full details are on http://www.amsatsa.org.za/
(Source : SARL News via AMSAT-UK)